- a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
- the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
- recognition factor,
Origin of recognizance
Examples from the Web for recognizance
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.
Williams was released on his own recognizance over the weekend and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9, 2015.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Addison spent four nights in jail, she told me on FaceTime during a period when she was out on her own recognizance.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Luchkiw was released on her own recognizance, as would have normally been the case in such a bust.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act|Michael Daly|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was released on her recognizance and is now back on the streets.
I believe the man has entered into some sort of recognizance to keep the peace, and has disappeared.The Man Between|Amelia E. Barr
Perhaps Mr. Hooker will accept my recognizance in the amount?Thomas Wingfold, Curate|George MacDonald
Some pay and many refuse; but such as do refuse he requires to enter into a recognizance of so much money to attend the council.The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2|Arthur Griffiths
William Wells, one years imprisonment, and at its expiration to enter into his own recognizance of 20l.
And I will enter into a recognizance for any sum to appear and prove my right if it should be disputed.Hidden Hand|Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
- a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
- a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
Word Origin for recognizance
early 14c., reconisaunce, "a bond acknowledging some obligation binding one over to do some particular act," from Old French reconissance "acknowledgment, recognition" (12c., Modern French reconnaissance), from reconoiss-, present participle stem of reconoistre (see recognize). Related: Recognizant.